I once pulled over to the side of the road
for a woman whose car broke down.
She had run out of gas, it was late at night
and beside me, no one else was around.
So she got in my car and we drove nearby
to get fuel to bring back to her tank.
Though I was the one who had stopped for her
I really had her to thank.
In just a few minutes of light conversation
with a stranger, a connection was made.
We laughed and we shared a little about life
and a lasting impression was laid.
I don’t know what made me stop that night
or why we were meant to meet.
But the feeling I had after helping someone else
made my own stress completely obsolete.
I learned that someone can feel seen and loved
through a simple act of kindness.
And that the giver often gets a gift too:
fulfillment and connection inside us.
These times leave us yearning for what’s normal and safe
yet we’re surrounded by fear and strife.
Generosity can be a way to mend our souls,
igniting hope while giving fuel to our life.
Let us give recklessly and often, give what we can
and take notice generosity is contagious.
Let us strive to live life with open hands
and watch where kindness can take us.
—Elise Ray-Statz, 2021